CHARGES OF PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE AT PA HEALTH CLINIC

Photobucket PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA (JULY 29, 2011) – Three employees, including the medical director and a former registered nurse of the Allegheny Women’s Center were arrested and charged with several crimes involving prescription drug mishandling.
Dr. John Barrett, the clinic’s medical director allegedly wrote prescriptions under Dr. Alton Lawson’s DEA number for years, which Dr. Lawson permitted. One drug in particular, Diethylpropion, was used by another clinic employee, Mark Wagner, for his depression and anxiety. The drug actually treats obesity.
Over the years, Wagner received prescriptions for 20,000 pills. Wagner did not have a doctor/patient relationship with either doctor. Wagner viewed the drugs as payment for extra services he provided for the clinic, such as working overtime. Wagner also allegedly sold prescription tablets to a former registered nurse, Karen Kane who also received several bottles of the same drug.
Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala is prosecuting the case.
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